Since I've posted all of the Jewish Film Festival descriptions before, this time I'm placing them at the end of the listings. She's Gotta Have It, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Saturday, 7:30. Spike Lee jumped from film school to the big time with this low-budget, extremely sexy comic drama about a life-embracing woman … Continue reading This Week’s Movies
I'm separating the Jewish Film Festival listings from everything else on this week's list. So first: Jewish Film Festival: My Mexican Shivah, Castro, Monday, 6:45. Death brings families together"“even families that should probably remain apart. In Alejandro Springall's mildly comic drama (Do we call these things a dramedy or a coma?), the death of the … Continue reading This Week’s Movies–Jewish and Goyish
Let me start with a list of titles: 1984 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Catch-22 The Great Gatsby Moby Dick The Old Man and the Sea The Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man Ulysses And now, another list: The African Queen Ben Hur The Godfather The Graduate Jaws M*A*S*H Psycho Sparticus At a … Continue reading Novel Thoughts
I spent Friday night and all day yesterday at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. I hate missing it today, but life sometimes gets in the way of movie-going. Have I told you about the costumes? A great many people, mostly women, take the trouble to dress up for the festival. It's great to see … Continue reading Silent Night, Day, and Night Again
Ten Canoes, Lumiere, Shattuck, and Rafael, opening Friday. Don’t expect a conventional narrative made exotic by a pre-contact, aboriginal Australian setting. Ten Canoes feels more like a piece of native oral tradition recorded on film. While a heavily-accented, English-speaking off-screen narrator explains the people, actions, and motivations, we watch ten men build canoes and use … Continue reading This Week’s Movies
Since I last wrote you, I attended screenings at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Film Forum. Last night, MOMA screened a selection of D.W. Griffith Biograph shorts, with piano accompaniment, in one theater, and Alfred Hitchcock's only romantic comedy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in the other theater. A difficult choice, but schedule … Continue reading NYC2: MOMA and the Film Forum
Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. I've been having Internet-connection problems (not to mention laptop hardware problems), and I decided that enjoying my New York vacation was more important than dealing with connectivity issues. Of course, the very idea of this vacation brings up a question: Why visit NYC in the … Continue reading Reporting from New York–Finally!